Looking for something to get stoked on before going out for a shred? Check out our top 5 groundbreaking skateboard videos from the 1990s with some of the best skateboarders ever to step on a board. So, in chronological order…
Blind – Video Days (1991)
Directed by Spike Jonze and Mark Gonzales.
Considered one of the most influential skate videos of all time, Video Days was filmed by the now famous Hollywood director, Spike Jonze, who set the standard for the modern skateboard video and influenced how skateboard videos were made forever more. Blind Video Days also highlit a change in skateboarding from corporate run skateboard companies to skater owned brands and truly ushered in the era of modern street skating.
Skaters: Mark Gonzales, Rudy Johnson, Jason Lee, Guy Mariano, Jordan Richter
Plan B – Questionable (1992)
Directed by Mike Ternasky, David Schlossbach, Jacob Rosenberg.
If you had to choose one skateboard video that defined a generation and raised the bar for today’s skateboarding, it would be Plan B’s Questionable, just ask any skateboarder from the 90s and they will almost always agree. More than that, it foretold the direction skateboarding would take and almost every skater in the video went on to become a skateboarding legend. Questionable's influence can still felt today and it's required viewing for every skateboarder out there.
Skaters: Sal Barbier, Mike Carroll, Pat Duffy, Ryan Fabry, Matt Hensley, Rick Howard, Colin Mckay, Rodney Mullen, Sean Sheffey, Danny Way
101 – Snuff (1993)
Only 12 minutes long, but game changing, with a young Jason Dill blowing minds alongside a controversial cover of a half-naked woman on the floor along with the title “A bullet in the head, a pocket full of Dollars”. A cult classic!
Skaters: Adam McNatt, Andy Stone, Gabriel Rodriguez, Gino Iannucci, Jason Dill
Girl Skateboards – Mouse (1996)
Directed by Spike Jonze.
Groundbreaking parts from Eric Koston, Guy Mariano, Rick Howard and Mike Carroll busting out insane tricks alongside a whole host of heavy hitters! Nothing planned, just 100% raw, gnarly skateboarding with audio-visual wizardry.
Skaters: Ben Sanchez, Chico Brenes, Daniel Castillo, Eric Koston, Gabriel Rodriguez, Gino Iannucci, Guy Mariano, Jeron Wilson, Jovontae Turner, Keenan Milton, Mike Carroll, Mike York, Richard Mulder, Rick Howard, Rudy Johnson, Sean Sheffey, Shamil Randle, Tim Gavin and Tony Ferguson
Toy Machine – Welcome to Hell (1996)
Directed by Jamie Thomas.
Welcome To Hell redefined the face of skateboarding with a different, more hardcore, approach to skateboarding. The whole team pushed the limits of what was considered gnarly by skating bigger rails and bigger gaps to a kick-ass soundtrack! Skateboarding was very different back then but it will still blow your mind that these guys were skating that hard 26 years ago. Jamie Thomas putting down hammers, Ed Templeton becoming the benevolent overlord he is and Elissa Steamer breaking boundaries for girl skateboarders worldwide, and thats just a taste of Welcome to Hell.
Skaters: Mike Maldonado, Elissa Steamer, Brian Anderson, Satva Leung, Donny Barley, Ed Templeton and Jamie Thomas
Thats our top 5 and there are plenty more that should be on the list, so when you get spare time, you should also check out: Alien Workshop – Memory Screen (1991), World Industries - Trilogy (1996), World Industries - Trilogy (1996), Birdhouse The End (1998), Shorty’s – Fulfill the Dream (1998) and Zero – Misled Youth (1999).
See you on the streets!